Agriculture is a significant part of the Matagorda County economy. Our rich farming history continues today with the production of rice, sorghum, cotton, corn, and turfgrass. In addition to cattle and other livestock, Matagorda County is home to nearly 800 farms, and over 250,000 acres are dedicated agricultural production. In 2018, our local agriculture industry grossed about $297 million. This comes from crop planted acres in the county nearing 250,000 and pasture (cattle) and forage nearing 450,000. Crops by acre will vary from year to year with cotton leading the pack. The top five crops in the county are cotton, corn, grain sorghum, rice, and soybeans. New to the county in 2018/19 is Canola.
Beef Cattle Production
Turf accounted for $52+ million in 2018 with 65% production coming from Wharton/Matagorda for the entire state.
-Developed by Aaron Sumrall, PhD, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Matagorda County Extension Agent – Agriculture/Natural Resources